Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

Merry Christmas and a big thank you too!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Father Christmas Fundraising Lantern Parade News Super Saturday

St Ives in December this year has been a phenomenal success, starting with our first-ever Super Saturday (which we hope to repeat next year – check back for more information in the New Year). So we’d like to say Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone who has been involved, whether supporting us or coming along to our events. So many people and businesses did their bit to make Super Saturday truly magical: if you’re not mentioned here, please don’t be offended and do come and join us again next year.

First and foremost, great work by Alex Ward, our sponsorship superstar, and a big thank to those local businesses who put their hands in their pockets to sponsor an event or a bespoke lantern in the Lantern Parade: Cornish Gems, The Coffee Lounge, SITA, Sail Lofts, The Hub, Aspects, Wheal Sara, Carbis Bay Hotel, Harbour Hotel and Carbis Bay Holidays. And to Andrew Mitchell, the Cornwall Councillor for St Ives, for his generous grant from his Community Chest and also to St Ives Town Council for their contribution. But a huge round of applause needs to go to St Ives BID: without their financial backing, we would be unable to promote our events to families throughout the local community.

The gallant sailors of the RNLI did us proud delivering Father Christmas safely onto dry land; we really appreciate the hard work that goes into making this happen. A big thank you to St Ives Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, for her help with the preparations and for welcoming Father Christmas. Thanks to Calvin Ward at Mirror Image for creating an incredible Candyland Grotto; to John and Tricia Meardon for turning windbreak poles into giant lollipops; and also to Ocean Supplies and Colenso for helping out with materials. A big shout-out to Belinda & Eddie at the Castle Inn for the generous donation of Grotto presents – and to its customers for wrapping up pressies while enjoying a pint. A very special thank you to Peter Charnley, Sherry, Angela, Tabitha and Ruth for helping on the day. And, of course, three cheers for Father Christmas and his elves for visiting St Ives.

The Lantern Parade was the biggest and best yet. It would not have happened without the inspiration, sheer determination and many hours of willow bending and tissue-paper pasting put in by Angela Roberts of RAAR Emporium to create new lanterns, working with our business sponsors and aided by a sprinkling of fairy dust, her husband Chris and copious coffee supplied by Lucy in Café Art. Shanty Baba, Leo Pellow, Deputy Mayor Joan Symons and Samba Celtic were heroic at the head of the parade, joined by the dozens of locals who lit up the night with lanterns of all shapes and sizes made at our popular community workshops.

There’s still lots going on around town so have a look at our calendar for details of other St Ives in December happenings. Shanty Baba has lots of great events happening, there’s a New Year’s Eve Craft Market with the grand finale of fancy-dress and fireworks (courtesy of BID) to welcome in 2018 – and, for those brave enough, the Boxing Day Swim on Portminster beach!

There’s still lots going on around town Have a look at our calendar for details of other St Ives in December events to enjoy, with the grand finale of fancy-dress and fireworks (courtesy of BID) on New Year’s Eve.


Don’t miss Super Saturday!

Don’t miss Super Saturday!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Competitions Face painting Father Christmas Food Lantern Parade Music News Presents Shopping Super Saturday
  • SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER  IS SUPER SATURDAY IN ST IVES with free parking all day for traffic-free shopping, refreshments and entertainment for all the family:
    • Father Christmas will be arriving by boat on the high tide at 3pm with a little help from friends at the RNLI. He’ll be met by the Mayor and led to his Candyland Grotto at  the Salvation Army Centre on the Wharf from 3.30 -5.30pm to  listen to the wishes and dreams of local children. The St Ives Mermaid will also be there and there’s face painting and lots of fun!
    • Get the kids started on our popular Town Treasure Hunt with great fun for all and prizes to be won. Closing date 2 January 2018.
    • Or be dazzled by the entries for our highly competitive Shop Window Competition. Who gets your vote for the People’s Award this year?
    • Love St Ives – learn a little about the story of the town on our fascinating History & Mystery Walk at 12pm.
    • Eat your way round St Ives on our gourmet Food Trail (from 12pm) with great prizes and entertainment in the evening at the Rum & Crab Shack – see our events page for venues.
    • Don’t miss Fair Mo, a traditional Christmas gift  fair at St Ia’s Church (12 -4pm).
    • Drop into the Kidz R Us Bazaar in the St Ives Theatre (5-9pm) for Christmas shopping and a preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. 
    • Pop into the Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair at the Guildhall (10am-5pm) with live music and festive food and drink.
    • Be part of the magical St Ives Lantern Parade which will wend its way through town at 6pm  starting from Market Square, heading along Fore Street to the Wharf.
    • From there, Father Christmas will lead the Lantern Parade,  accompanied by musicians and street entertainers, through to Royal Square. Listen to the music of the Pheonix Singers as Father Christmas switch on the Christmas Lights at 7pm.





He’s on his way!

He’s on his way!

Candyland Grotto Christmas Face painting Father Christmas News Presents Super Saturday

Father Christmas has already set sail from the North Pole and is on his way to St Ives. The gallant RNLI crew will bring him safely into St Ives harbour at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Make sure you’re on the Wharf to see him greeted by the Mayor, Suzanne Taylor, and escorted to his Candyland Grotto at the Salvation Army Centre to meet up with his friend, the St Ives Mermaid.

He’ll be bringing gifts made in his North Pole workshop – and some of his special Elves too! Father Christmas will be in his Grotto from 3.30-5.30pm. Entry to the Grotto is £3 per child with a special gift from Father Christmas. There’s also face painting while you wait – £2 per child.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in St Ives. Enjoy a family day-out: get festive with the Friends of the Library; decorate a gingerbread house at 54Lemons; eat your way round the Food Trail; join the History Walk; take part in the Town Treasure Hunt; get all your Christmas shopping done in our  amazing local shops or at Fair Mo, Etsy Made Cornwall or the KidzRUs Bazaar (where there’s a sneak preview of their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (oh, yes, there is).  But don’t go home too early as the Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch-on will also be taking place from 6-7pm.